Picked up a new morning habit while on vacation: “oil pulling” or mouthwashing with coconut oil for 20 minutes. No fluff, easy detox.
You just swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and pull it through your teeth. Our body naturally detoxes while we sleep and the toxins end up in our mouth. The oil helps pull the toxins out — you’ll see that it will turn white by the end of 20 minutes (full of white germs!). Important: You’re collecting the toxins for spitting out, so be careful not to swallow the oil.
It’s not easy to keep the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, but it just takes getting used to. It’s a new, healthy habit to start the morning right — do it while you prepare breakfast, shower, or check emails — but do it the moment you wake up (even before brushing your teeth).
Benefits: over-all clean feeling in the mouth, whiter teeth and healthier gums; oil pulling is also an age old Ayurvedic treatment for diabetes, etc.
I don’t like to over-research (information overload just leads to paralysis), so I tried oil pulling the morning after a friend mentioned it casually over dinner. If you want to know more before jumping in, you can read up on oil pulling here:
Some people think I’m crazy when I tell them that oil pulling can help those with asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, diabetes, migraine headaches, PMS, and chronic skin problems. Oil pulling works by detoxifying or cleansing the body. In this way, disease promoting toxins are removed, thus allowing the body to heal itself. As a consequence, health problems of all types improve.